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Die Verkaufte Braut


Published 1932


An adaptation of Bedřich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride. Set in
19th century Bohemia, the matchmaker Kezal wants to bring the mayor's
daughter Marie and the rich landowner's son Wenzel together. Both of
them, however, have already fallen in love with someone else. The
endearing characters, a whimsical storyline and quiet humor combine with
catchy tunes, a pastoral setting and fluid camera work. A last hurrah in the
wanning days of Weimar cinema, by non-other than Max Ophüls. One of
the early cinematic works of the prolific director, which he made a
year before fleeing Germany after the Reichstagbrand. It probably provided a
welcome distraction for German moviegoers during those turbulant times.


Run time 77 minutes
Producer Hermann Rosenfeld, Ludwig Scheer
Production Company Reichsliga-Film GmbH, Munich
Audio/Visual sound, black and while
Language German with English subtitles

Credits

Cinematography: Franz Koch, Reimar Kuntze
Editing: Paul May (as Paul Ostermayr)
Production Design: Erwin Scharf
Script: Curt Alexander, Max Ophüls, Karel Sabina (libretto)
Hans: Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender
Marie: Jarmila Novotna
Kezal: Otto Wernicke
Micha: Hermann Kner
Agnes: Maria Janowska
Wenzel: Paul Kemp
Rudolph Brummer: Karl Valentin
Katinka Brummer: Liesl Karlstadt
Esmeralda: Annemarie Sörensen
The mayor: Max Nadler

Reviews

Reviewer: cgg - - November 10, 2010
Subject: A Surprise Guest
Just a quick observation: Max ("Nosferatu") Schreck appears in this film as the "Indian" entertainer. He only has a few lines, but it's interesting to finally hear his voice.
Reviewer: doowopbob - - May 2, 2010
Subject: ....4get it...
....sour krauts made a lousy movie..!
Reviewer: robmh - - October 18, 2008
Subject: All is well
I reuploaded the mpeg and the film is now complete.

Please note that the subtitles are NOT public domain. They are released under a Creative Commons license:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Reviewer: bearpuf - - September 30, 2008
Subject: Interesting, but a problem
The opera is certainly an interesting view, however the movie is complete at 116 minutes with the mpg1 and mpg4 versions and is partially missing 24 minutes in the mpg2 version. It would be nice to get that fixed.
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